Beating off thousands of other entrants the woman who started the Drop Inn Youth Centre has won a Halifax Giving Extra Award.
Andrea Fox, set up the charity in 2000 having asked some local youths who were hanging around what they wanted in the area and then providing it.
She was nominated by Arnie Hicklin, a former police inspector and keen supporter of The Drop Inn Youth Centre who said Andrea has gone above and beyond for the people in her community.
After winning, Andrea said: “I was surprised but also delighted to win a Halifax Giving Extra Award.
“It was such an honour to just be nominated, so I am hugely proud to have actually won on behalf of the entire team at The Drop Inn Youth Centre.”
The Giving Extra Awards programme is a UK-wide search for people who go the extra mile to give something back. The Awards were open for nominations from 05 October to 08 November 2015.
The Centre, Unit 1, Derwent Street, provides a safe place for young people to visit during the evenings and for the past four years has also provided a daytime training centre for young people not in mainstream education.
As a result, over 500 young people have gained formal qualifications, with some having accessed college as a result.
The Centre is supported by a small team of volunteers, many of whom have previously benefited from the scheme.
Russell Galley, group director, Halifax Community Bank, said: “Halifax is committed to bringing communities closer together.
“We believe we should give extra back to people like Andrea who are pivotal to driving positive and lasting change.
“We’re proud that Andrea is one of our Halifax Giving Extra Award winners.”
Andrea is won of 66 local winners, she was in the Stoke and Derby category, and has bagged £300 in Supercheque vouchers.
These winners will then be put forward into the seven regional awards where £5,000 is up for grabs to continue making improvements to the community.
The winners for this round will be announced later this month.
Karen Kirk, community ambassador for Halifax Stoke and Derby said: “The work that Andrea has done for the community is outstanding and truly deserves this recognition.
“She has truly gone the extra mile for people in our community – and we are delighted to recognise this.”